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The Red Queen

(Wonderland University #1)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Prepare for an epic paranormal romance series that flips fairy-tales and dives into the world of our favorite villains.

Graduating highschool was a piece of cake. Try surviving a college where fairies make up the cheerleading squad, doorways open to other worlds, and finals are life or death. Literally.

Welcome to Wonderland University.

Iracebeth has four years until she s
Kindle Edition, 93 pages
Published August 18th 2017 by Pronoun
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Christina Nørgård Lauritsen
Oct 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
May contain Spoiler

Once again, it looks like I'm the odd one out. Seems like everyone loved this book.
And for some reason i disliked this soooooo much.

I wanted to like it, wanted to love it, because I absolutely love the idea of the book.

Unfortunately i found it weak.. Just... Weak...

When i read the blurb " Alice wouln't know what hit her, or was coming" or something like that, I imagined our heroine turning into this badass magic beast, clever, strong and so ready for revenge and retribution
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am alway up for a good retelling and this was really fun. Iracebeth is going to be the future Red Queen of Wonderland but first she must pass her test. How can things go wrong when you have two pretty awesome friends and are dating the Handsome Cheshire Cat shifter. When school starts things start to go wrong for Beth and it all has to do with a girl names Alice.

This was an interesting retelling and I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. As always with her books I was hoping for a
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
Loved the many twists and turns and look forward to continuing this series.

Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Red Queen is the first book in the Wonderland University series. This can be read as a standalone but the ending is open the next book in the series.

The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. I love the familiar characters with a new and refreshing setting. There are clues in the storyline that keep you guessing what will be revealed next. It definitely kept me reading. Overall it is an interesting storyline and worth taking the t
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A first in this series, I was completely blown away! I knew the blurb, the characters fell into place, yet I got sucked into this highly entertaining tale so smoothly it was great! It’s like a reading time warp grabbed me and I love when that happens! Flipping these pages just to find out what happens and when you reach the answer….so did not predict that! Love it and can’t wait for the next!
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
There are a ton of mistakes in this book that make the story very confusing.
Examples are:
"It wasn’t a rumor that students died during their finals. It was fact. Her older sister’s best friend had did during a duel. She’d attended the funeral."
Especially this one:
""Constance shrugged. “Just saying.” With long white hair and peaches and cream colored skin, she resembled both the mermaids of her kingdom and the humans who lived above the sea. That was her unique lineage that made her stand out from
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A nice intro to a new series with a look at the characters. It's a fast read as we have com to expect from this author with loads of action and angst. The heroine is not what I expect for a magical future queen but maybe we will learn more about her and the other characters as the series progresses. Not exactly what I expected from this author but it was a good read.
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
The Red Queen

A fast-paced short story that introduces this new magical world. I would've loved to see more depth to the story and characters.
Overall it wasn't bad but I was hoping for more.
Glenna Maynard
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute short story that reminded me of the descendants movies I watch with my daughter.
Katrina Berry
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Red Queen by K.N. Lee is Book 1 of the Wonderland University Series. This is the first to a brand new dark young adult fantasy/paranormal series that incorporates a twist on the fairytales that we grew up on.

This was a fast-paced read of about 87'ish pages. The overall idea was very interesting, however when I sat down and actually started reading it I found it lacking, didn’t hold my attention and I just really couldn’t get into it. The book description was of more interest to me than the
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Red Queen by K.N. Lee is book one in her Wonderland University series. In this book we are introduced to the future Red Queen, Iracebeth or Beth to those around her. She’s looking forward to her final year at University before she moves on to becoming Queen. She is preparing for the finals that will come because as they all know that finals are no joke. Beth is dealing with a lot. Her boyfriend, Chess, was absent all summer long. When he shows up on the arm of her “rival” Alice, her heart is ...more
Lene Blackthorn
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fast-paced, dark YA novella with a definitely deadly twist on college life and studies.
Beth is in her senior year, but she does not look forward to it - not when her personal arch-nemesis, Alice, poisons every aspect of her life. Not only she stole her boyfriend and ruined her reputation, she even made her best friends Lora and Constance turn their backs to Beth, finally separating the three princesses. Beth is slowly falling into depression, and with her final match approaching fast, her only
Karen Voitik
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
>Book review – The Red Queen

>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 1st book in the Wonderland University series and ends in an HEA for this round of angst. This book is the 1st in the series, but I felt like I missed a book with some previous action. Beth and her 2 friends are in their senior year at this magical university. This school is hardcore with finals that can literally kill you.

>Beth's rival, Alice, steals everything from Beth, including her boyfriend, Chase. Chase i
Linda Hamonou
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of The Red Queen by K. N. Lee.
I got this book for free on Instafreebie.
The Red Queen is the first book of the Wonderland University series.
I didn't know what to expect from this book when I started reading it. I sort of thought it was going to be a bit darker since the red queen is the main character but it was actually rather light.
This book is a spin-off Alice in Wonderland where the characters are mostly students at the university. I kind of like the fact
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A surprising twist on Alice in Wonderland

I was pleasantly surprised by this twist on Alice in Wonderland. The Red Queen as the main character: I really liked that vantage point. There’s more to the Red Queen than we all knew. Beth is the future Queen of the Red Throne. And Alice is not the sweet and innocent girl you’d expect. She is performing black magic. Pitch black. She’s a leech, a pest, a menace, wanting everything that Beth has, stealing everything that Beth has, making her life hell. And
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beth is a senior at Wonderland University. She lives in a magical realm and will be the future queen of the Red Throne. She wants to become valedictorian and must pass Dark Arts 101, a course so dangerous that at least fifteen percent of each class flunks or dies. As she begins her classes, her personal life starts to fall apart; her boyfriend deserts her, she begins to have nightmares and even her close friends abandon her. These catastrophes all seem to be caused by her nemesis, Alice. She'll ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story was an excellent idea, brilliantly written and full of wonderful characters that really bring the action to life. I loved the premise of the Wonderland characters in their younger (mostly teenage) years, set at magical uni - kind of like a cross between Harry Potter and the best shifter stories all combined with Wonderland to create a cool new world. Whilst the story itself was good - and so familiar in its basic human tale of love, loss, bullying and schoolyard antics - the best thin ...more
Elizabeth Connor
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Alice in Wonderland retold, with Alice as the evil ingenue, is definitely unexpected. I was beginning to think I might find out why the Red Queen had become such a monster, demanding “off with her head” or “off with his head” all the time, but she never really did become evil. Rather, she showed great compassion and restraint.

The beginning was a bit slow, but once I'd been drawn into the story, I found the characters to be interesting and the
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75/5 Stars

This was an interesting twist on not only the Alice in Wonderland fairy tale, but other fairy tales as well. We follow Beth as she navigates her senior year at Wonderland University before she has to take the throne as the Red Queen.

I loved the story line, but there wasn't much character development. That was quite unfortunate, especially since the characters, though recognizable, were changed. I wanted more about them rather than just a plot and angst filled novel.

Overall, it was an
Mandy Parmenter
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beth will become Queen of Wonderland in 4 years, but in the meantime she needs to finish University. Problem is she has to cope with her nemesis Alice who has stolen her boyfriend, friends,etc - pretty much everything. Could life be any more miserable and how can she last 4 years like this? So she decides to stop being the perfect Princess and take Alice's attacks no more.

Great story. There was lots of danger and drama with plenty of twists (especially the large one at the end!). The writing was
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a awesome retelling of Alice and the different take on Wonderland. I usuallt do not bother with re-telling of fairy tales but I thought the idea was good so gave it a try. I have to say having the story start as Beth is at the beginning of her senior year at Wonderland University was different but worked. I thought it was well written and enough character for the characters of a short story/novella. Once I started reading I read it in one sitting as I just had to see how it ended and if Ali ...more
Jessica Woods
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The Red Queen is a short novella that reminded me of an adult Descendants. If you have kids then you will probably know what I am referring to. At Wonderland University, Beth, princess of the red throne and her cohort evil princesses rule the school laden with fairy tale characters. Beth's ex is Chessy the cheshire cat shifter and her new advisor is the Mad Hatter. Then there's Alice, full of malice and fake cheer, reeking havoc in Beth's life. With a lot of drama and twists, the story quickly u ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is based on a retelling of Alice in wonderland, But definitely this book is the first part of the wonderland series by K.N, Lee, I really liked the book, and this was really an fun book to read, i would really recommend to all of you all to read this.

I would like to know the characters more in this book, I really liked the character Beth and Chess, I really related to them, and how Beth was nearly about to graduate from University and be a red queen, i found that there was a lot of bl
C. Erani Kole
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from the author*

It's like a 2.5 for me. I'd rate it 3 stars but...

So I loved the idea and the world that was set up, but the story itself, the novella? I don't know. I was expecting something else but overall, it felt like there was a lot of drama for a very small binding. Beth and her friends, Alice's part in it all. That bit was amazing, but I personally felt like everything was too compacted. The story would've been amazing if it'd been gi
The Mysterious Reader
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This ain't your Momma's "Alice in Wonderland". When KN Lee does reverse fairy takes she goes to the extreme. I love the Wonderland world she built and just how well done are Beth, soon to be the Red Queen, her teachers and friends (especially "Professor Hatter" and boyfriend Chess), and even her enemy, Alice. For someone who adores both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, the well-written plot here is a pure, twisted, riot of fun.

Highly recommended.
Amanda Carpio
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think the book had a lot of potential that was snuffed out by how short it was. They ignored the obvious chemistry between Beth & Hatter. (view spoiler)

This book was so short & lacking reading it was like a short nap.
Alyssa L
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I loved the idea behind the story. This just felt to rushed. As if they took a longer story and just deleted a bunch of stuff to make a short story. I love anything involving the Alice in Wonderland characters. I was excited to read this take on them. It just left me feeling unsatisfied and a little confused.
Aug 01, 2018 marked it as in-collection-boxset
8/1/18 currently free in this boxset Dark Rising A Paranormal and Fantasy Romance Limited Edition Collection by K.N. Lee
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected!

I was immediately taken in by the story. I wish that there was more. Awesome storytelling by K.N. Lee! I can't put her books down until I am finished reading them.
Savannah Schwarz

It had a good plot and I wad excited to read it, but it just disappointed me at the end. It felt rushed the whole last couple chapters. If the author would have gone into more details, it would have been much better.
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K.N. Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she is not writing twisted tales, fantasy novels, and dark poetry, she does a great deal of traveling and promotes other authors. Wannabe rockstar, foreign language enthusiast, and anime geek, K.N. Lee also enjoys helping others reach their writing and publishing goals. She is a winner of t ...more